Quikes wants to offer real, practical, fun vehicles - to increase the Active Transport Movement
It stands for Quirky, Unusual, Inspiring, Kexy, Exciting, Solution.
Company director, Deb King’s earliest memory of cycling at the age of 6, resulted in swapping a pram for a bike; her dad showed her how to repair and painted it blue; she pegged playing cards to the wheels and raced against the neighbourhood kids. That’s when she fell in love with bikes. 50 years on, she has a variety of different bikes minus a penny farthing, “which is challenging to learn,” she says, “even though you always need a bike for every occasion.”
Deb left Te Henga/Bethells although was hard to do, moved to Raglan/Whaingaroa for ethical business, more inspiration, she says, “Raglan seems a natural home to set Quikes up”. 2015 is the year for some amazing solutions to support the lean & green message. Is New Zealand Aotearoa ready?
With the help of some of her friends, who call themselves the ELF Ambassadors, and together with the Early Adopters - the ones who bought the first lot of ELFs, the past year has been amazing:
Deb took a visit to Durham, met Rob Cotter & Tom Glass, some amazing minds in the office and got to hang out in the workshop alongside the mechanics.
Bringing smarter cycles to Aotearoa
The Quikes adventures also went to St Paul where the Megacycle is made and had the privilege of meeting some awesome engineers and tasting some great craft beer! Sadly with the exchange rate & cost of freight, the cyclebus seems too costly. It's still the best, safest & most cost effective multi cycle in the world.
May, 2016 is a time of reflection, assessment, consolidation and introducing a couple of other innovative products into Quikes.
The Quikes Ltd Co facebook pages show a collage of activities - expos, events, videos, media. The Tipping Point may not yet be now, best watch this space - tho!
Quikes is always on the look out to explore and diversify products. This summer Deb takes to the road with a new addition - the RoadChief's Teardrop caravan. Quikes is working as a 'Roving Agent'. Check out this wee gem, you don't need to know much about caravans or have to get a huge, expensive petrol-driven car to tow it!